Songs About Toys

Time to take a brief stress break in the middle of your hectic day and think back to your childhood… of the simple little things in life that made you happy….. or made you smile….. that made everything right in your world….. if  only for that moment in time. The theme here is toys, usually meaning the toys of the past or “yesteryear”. Some of these songs look back on a particular toy with great fondness while others use the theme of toys to shed light on something completely different….. if you know what I mean. The only requirement here is that there is a toy mentioned by name or referred/suggested to in the title of the song….. even if it happens to have a ‘double’ or ‘alternative’ meaning. You’ll find a few of these to be real obscure but there are some fun ones here in the mix. Enjoy!

Songs About Toys

  1. A Broken Doll – Al Jolson (1916) 
  2. Baby Be My Toy – Teresa Brewer 
  3. Barbie Girl – Aqua 
  4. Big Boy Toys – Aaron Tippin 
  5. Brand New Key – Melanie 
  6. Come & Buy My Toys – David Bowie 
  7. Cuddly Toy – Nilsson 
  8. Doll House – Priscilla Renea 
  9. Dreidel – Don McLean 
  10. I Like My Toys – Idle Race 
  11. I’m In Love With My Little Red Tricycle – Napoleon XIV 
  12. I’m Your Puppet – James & Bobby Purify 
  13. Jack In The Box – Jackpots 
  14. Kite – U2 
  15. Kites Are Fun – The Free Design 
  16. Let’s Go Fly A Kite – from the Disney classic, Mary Poppins 
  17. Like Toy Soldiers – Eminem 
  18. Little Plastic Castle – Ani DiFranco 
  19. Little Toy Trains – Glen Campbell 
  20. Master of Puppets – Metallica 
  21. My Ding-A-Ling – Chuck Berry 
  22. New Toy – Lene Lovich 
  23. Old Toy Trains – Roger Miller 
  24. One Tin Soldier – The Original Caste, Coven 
  25. Parade of The Wooden Soldiers – Harry Connick Jr. (A Disney Classic
  26. Puppet Man – The Fifth Dimension 
  27. Rag Doll – Aerosmith 
  28. Rag Doll – Four Seasons 
  29. Real Toys – Altered Images 
  30. Red Rubber Ball – The Cyrkle 
  31. Rubber Duckie Song – Ernie from Sesame Street (voiced by Jim Henson
  32. Skip A Rope – Henson Cargill 
  33. Teddy Bear – Elvis Presley 
  34. The Dreidel Song – various artists 
  35. The Hula Hoop Song – Teresa Brewer 
  36. The Man With All The Toys – The Beach Boys 
  37. The Marvelous Toy – Chad Mitchell Trio (however the well done animated video shown below is John Denver as the vocal – who actually was former member of the Chad Mitchell Trio long before he went solo in his career) 
  38. The Teddy Bear Song – Barbara Fairchild 
  39. The Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Henry Hall & His Orchestra (1932) An All-time children’s classic 
  40. Toy Balloons – Russ Conway 
  41. Toy Boy – Mika 
  42. Toy Soldiers – Martika 
  43. Toys In The Attic – Aerosmith 
  44. Yellow Balloon – The Yellow Balloon 
  45. Yo-Yo – Billy Joe Royal 
  46.  Yo-Yo – The Osmond Brothers 

BONUS #1:

SONGS ABOUT GAMES & OTHER RELATED PLAY THINGS

  1. 19 Something – Mark Wills 
  2. Do The Donkey Kong – Buckner & Garcia 
  3. House At Pooh Corner – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 
  4. March of The Toy Soldiers – from the Nutcracker Suite – originally by Tchaikovsky 
  5. Merry Go Round – The Replacements
  6. Music Box Dancer – Frank Mills 
  7. My Boomerang Won’t Come Back – Charlie Drake 
  8. Pac-Man Fever – Buckner & Garcia 
  9. Penny Arcade – Roy Orbison 
  10. Pinball Wizard – The Who 
  11. Playground In My Mind – Clint Holmes 
  12. Puff The Magic Dragon – Peter Paul & Mary 
  13. Return To Pooh Corner – Kenny Loggins 
  14. Simon Says – 1910 Fruit Gum Company 
  15. Two Little Boys – Rolf Harris 

SPECIAL BONUS #2:

CLASSIC TOY TV COMMERCIAL JINGLES

1960’s Cracker Jacks Commercial with Famous Theme Song (This is a classic embedded in deep within the memories of those of us who grew up in this era) 

1960’s Slink Commercial with Famous Theme Song (same can be said here for an iconic tune from my childhood) 

1980’s G.I. Joe Theme Song from the TV cartoon series of the 80’s

Extra Special Bonus #3:

YouTube Sensations

“The Gummy Bear Song” (English version) – Gummibar (includes sing-along lyrics) 

“Transformers Song – I Am Optimus Prime” – Parody of “The Time” (Black Eyed Peas)  by Angie Griffin & Chad Nikolaus 

“The Toy Song” – Destorm 

Songs About Nostalgia That Reference Specific People Places Things or Events of the Past

Over the years we can all relate to good times and bad times in our lives. Some are rewarding  experiences that seem to make that moment in time stand still while others are unpleasant or emotional events that leave a lasting impression or hurt in our heads, hearts and souls. There are a few songs  out there that specifically mention these events or people or objects that bring back these times to those of us who have lived through them. These particular songs can attest to a particular time in our past that evoke memories of that particular era.

nostalgia

So here I present to you a few songs with videos that reference, reflect, mention or list specific people, places, things, events and dates of the past. Some of the videos presented here also include song lyrics of vivid childhood images and  memories of what it was like growing up with favorite past times, celebrities, heroes, fads, games, toys, pop culture (music, movies and TV), etc. Some of the recollections also include unpleasant or sad events such as deaths of famous people, destruction, tragedies, war and so forth.

Reminiscing

So sit back and enjoy the following videos of songs that evoke memories and/or pay homage to specific and/or real people, places or things of our past. If you can think of others please feel free to let me know in the comment section at the bottom of this post.

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2017 UPDATE – Just did a major update & overhaul of this post – lots of new additions, a few corrections & a few changes. Please let me know in the comments below what I may have missed……….thanks

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SONGS ABOUT NOSTALGIA

THAT MENTION SPECIFIC

PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS OR EVENTS OF THE PAST

1. 1985 – Bowling For Soup

2. 19 Something – Mark Wills

3. A Different World – Bucky Covington

4. A Simple Desultory Philippic (or How I Was Robert McNamara’d into Submission) – Paul Simon

5. Abraham, Martin & John – Dion

6. AM Radio – Everclear

7. Back To The 80’s – Aqua

8. Big Bang Theory Theme Song (History of Everything) – Barenaked Ladies

9. Buddy Holly – Weezer

10. Class of ’57 – The Statler Brothers

11. Class Reunion (That Used to Be Us) – Lonestar

12. Cleaning Windows – Van Morrison

13. Club At The End Of The Street – Elton John

14. Creeque Alley – The Mamas & The Papas

15. Do You Remember Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio – The Ramones

16. Do You Remember These – The Statler Brothers

17. Done Too Soon – Neil Diamond

18. Extra Ordinary – Better Than Ezra

19. Garden Party – Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band

20. Heart Songs – Weezer

21. I Do The Rock – Tim Curry

22. I Feel Like Buddy Holly – Alvin Stardust

23. I Watched It (All On My Radio) – Lionel Cartwright

24. In The Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll – Van Morrison

25. John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 – Keith Urban

26. Kids of The Baby Boom – The Bellamy Brothers

27. Land Of 1000 Dances – Wilson Pickett

28. Life in a Northern Town – The Dream Academy

29. Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) – Reunion

30. Liquid Dreams – O-Town

31. Man On The Moon – REM

32. Nightshift – The Commodores

33. No News – Lonestar

34. Old Days – Chicago

35. Old Hippie – The Bellamy Brothers

36. Old Hippie (The Sequel) – The Bellamy Brothers

37. One Week – Barenaked Ladies

38. Post World War II Blues – Al Stewart

39. Put That Record On – Hinder

40. Raised On Radio – Journey

41. Rock & Roll Heaven – The Righteous Brothers

“Rock & Roll Heaven” – A music video tribute to the rock music heroes who have passed away. The soundtrack is “Rock and Roll Heaven” (Stevenson/O’day) is a new demo recording, sung by Ronnie Kimball, with reworked lyrics from the 1970’s Righteous Brothers hit. Artists featured in this video include John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Roy Orbison, Don McLean, Otis Redding, Freddie Mercury, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Marc Bolan, George Harrison, Bon Scott, Buddy Holly, Sonny & Cher, Johnny Cash, Denny Martin, Bob Marley, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Jeff Buckley, The Beatles, Wendy O Williams, Robert Palmer, Kurt Cobain

42. Rocket – Def Leppard

43. Short Fat Fannie – Larry Williams

44. Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder

45. Sweet Soul Music – Arthur Conley

46. The Intro & The Outro – The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

47. The Miracle – Queen

48. The Movies – The Statler Brothers

49. The Village Green Preservation Society – The Kinks

50. Three Stars – Tommy Dee

This song is a tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. The three entertainers died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959, in what became known as the “Day the music died” thanks to the Don McLean song “American Pie.” Tommy Dee (Tommy Donaldson) was a disc jockey at KFXM in San Bernadino. After the plane crash, he got the idea for this song and took it to Crest Records, where he recorded it with Carol Kay And The Teen-Aires. Tommy performed the narration on the song. This was the only hit for Tommy Dee, who died in 2007 after a long career producing and promoting Country music. Eddie Cochran, who was good friends with Ritchie Valens, was the first to record this song, but his version was not released until 1966. Cochran died the year after he recorded this, when on April 17, 1960 he was killed in a car accident.

51. Titles – Barclay James Harvest

52. Tribute (Right On) – The Pasadenas

53. Twenty Years Ago – Kenny Rogers

54. Vogue – Madonna

55. We Didn’t Start The Fire – Billy Joel

56. When Smokey Sings – ABC

57. Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes? – George Jones

58. You’re My Song – A Rocket To The Moon

59. You’re The Top – Cole Porter

And last, but definitely not least, here’s probably the ultimate nostalgic reminiscing song of our lifetime…….at least for those of us between 40 and 70 ………. 🙂

60. American Pie – Don McLean

This song has various interpretations, no doubt, over the years and has been the source of many arguments, opinions and disagreements but the writer, as well as singer, Don McLean has kept pretty silent about the whole “meaning” of his song….therefore leaving it to any and all who want to try to interpret it’s meaning and or significance. For those under 40 and to the rest of us that might want a few questions answered, you gotta check out this LINK HERE

Here’s the original song again with a video interpretation of it by another person…. with some ‘food for thought’…..

and one more…

and here’s yet another explanation with quite a few facts thrown in to bolster what the song means….

HONORABLE MENTION

As an update I should give an honorable mention to the following songs for their ‘nostalgia’ theme, even though specific names have not necessarily been mentioned within the lyrics, but none-the-less are reflections of how much simpler, carefree, or better life once was, many years ago…..

These are just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ when it comes to ‘nostalgic’ or ‘throw-back’ songs – as I’m sure this list can grow much larger with your input… what do YOU think?

Can you name others that reflect the past? 

  • All Summer Long – Kid Rock
  • All Those Years Ago – George Harrison
  • Autumn of My Life – Bobby Goldsboro
  • Back When My Hair Was Short – Gunhill Road
  • Beach Baby – First Class
  • Boys of Summer – Don Henley
  • Crocodile Rock – Elton John
  • Goin’ Back – Byrds
  • Dog-End of A Day Gone By – Love & Rockets
  • Coat Of Many Colors – Dolly Powers
  • Coal Miners Daughter – Loretta Lynn
  • December 63 (Oh What A Night) – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  • Gentle On My Mind – Glen Campbell
  • Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
  • Grandpa (Tell Me About the Good Old Days) – The Judds
  • In My Life – Beatles
  • Keeping the Faith – Billy Joel
  • Key Largo – Bertie Higgins
  • Looking Back – Nat “King” Cole
  • Make Me Lose Control – Eric Carmen
  • Moments to Remember – The Four Lads
  • My Back Pages – The Byrds
  • My Eyes Adored You – Frankie Valli
  • My Hometown – Bruce Springsteen
  • My Way – Frank Sinatra
  • My Old School – Steely Dan
  • Nostalgia – David Sylvian
  • Old Time Rock & Roll – Bob Seger
  • Photograph – Nickelback
  • (Remember The Days Of The) Old Schoolyard – Cat Stevens
  • Remember Then – The Earls
  • Remember When – Alan Jackson
  • Reminiscing – Little River Band
  • Same Old Lang Syne – Dan Fogelberg
  • Saturday In The Park – Chicago
  • Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  • Summer Sand – Tony Orlando & Dawn
  • Take Me Back To Chicago – Chicago
  • The Days of Sand & Shovels – Bobby Vinton
  • The Old Songs – Barry Manilow
  • The River – Bruce Springsteen
  • There Used To Be A Ballpark – Frank Sinatra
  • This Used to Be My Playground – Madonna
  • Those Oldies But Goodies – Little Caesar & The Romans
  • Those Were The Days – Mary Hopkin
  • Through the Years – Kenny Rogers
  • Times of Your Life – Paul Anka
  • Try To Remember/The Way We Were – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • Turn Around – Dick & DeeDee
  • When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) – Beach Boys
  • When I Was Young – Eric Burdon & the Animals
  • Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? – Paula Cole
  • Yesterday – Beatles
  • Yesterday Once More – Carpenters
  • Yesterday’s Gone – Chad & Jeremy
  • You Can’t Put Your Arm Around A Memory – Johnny Thunder

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Songs With Catchy Hooks From Recent TV Commercial Ads

Seems that lately there have been a plethora of lesser known or non-mainstream songs as well as artists being used in television advertising commercials that have a catchy hook or melody that I just can’t get out of my head. Some of these remind me of throw-back sounds reminiscent of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s while others have a very modern vibe that is very addictive. I find myself searching for info on Google as well as YouTube for the titles, artists and in some cases, lyrics.

So, with that being said, I present to you a few of my favorite memorable TV commercials featuring these addictive, catchy or simply irresistible songs in video format from YouTube. In a couple of cases, I also added lyric videos with audio from the original TV ad that others posted to YouTube who obviously had the same affection for them that I did. Hope you find these enjoyable and/or memorable as I did and please feel free to comment below. I also included a few of the classics from years gone by that you’re sure to remember if you’re old enough. To the younger viewers, discover some of the best and most popular advertisements in pop culture history.

I will more than likely be adding to this list as time goes on and new television ads with catchy lyrics or sounds pop up on the small screen. ENJOY 🙂

2013 Subaru “Take Your Daughter To Work Day” Commercial……….

“Future History” by Lightning

2012 Microsoft Windows 8 “Sign In With A Smile” Commercial…..

 “Bright Whites” by Kishi Bashi

2012 Apple iPad Mini “Piano” Commercial…..

“Heart & Soul” by legendary composer Hoagy Carmichael (1938)

2012 Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 Commercial…..

“Too Close” by Alex Clare

2012 Bing ‘Discovering Hawaii’ Commercial…..

“Ho Hey” by The Lumineers

2012 Visit San Diego “Enjoying Fall Season” Tourism Commercial…..

“Happiness Is Calling Me” by Mophonics

2012 Yoplait “Umbrellas” Commercial…..

“I’m Thinking Sunshine” by Max & Simon

2012 Kraft Cheese Commercial……….

“Bright Idea” by Mother Mother

2011 JC Penny “Back-to-School” Commercial…..

“Oh, Imagine That” by Max & Simon

Here is the full song with lyrics

2011 Pepsi “Flashback” Commercial…..

“Tonight Is The Night” by Outasight

2011 Nissan Versa Sedan “Headroom” Commercial…..

“Don’t Stop (Color On the Walls)” by Foster the People

2011 Travelers Insurance “Prized Possession” Commercial…..

“Trouble” by Ray LaMontagne

2010 Amazon Kindle Commercial…..

“Steal My Heart” by Little & Ashley

Here is the full song with lyrics

2010 Amazon Kindle 3 “Zest” Commercial…..

“Lovers Carvings” by Bibio

2010 Advil Commercial…..

“Chugjug” by Family of the Year

2009 Amazon Kindle Commercial…..

“Fly Me Away” by Annie Little

Here is the full song with lyrics

2009 Comcast “Future Hopping” Commercial…..

“Future Hopping” (an original)… very catchy! (lyrics below video)

Here are those fast spoken words to the video above:

New Sensation, Sending Shivers,
Flying Further, Dreaming Bigger,
Single Cable, One Decision,
Internet, Phone, Television

High-speed internet elation,
Crazy Fast Acceleration,
Awe Inspiring, Screaming, Yelling,
R O T F L O Ling

Voice-mail, E-mail, All connected,
Caller ID, Friend Detecting,
Kelly Calling, Conference Karen,
So much stuff to share with Sharon

More HD, awesome edition,
Def-defying definition,
Ninjas, Cowboys, Gangsters, Coppers,
Huge Explosions, Helicopters

Films Fantastic, Shows Outstanding,
Motherload of On-Demanding,
Hometown, Showdown, Perfect Timing,
Courtside, Kicking Back, Unwinding

Happy High-Tech Automatic,
Exponentially Ecstatic,
Speeding for future hopping,
Always dreaming, never stopping

C-O-M-C-A-S-T
C-O-M-C-A-S-T

2008 Sutter Health Commercial…..

“A Cold Wind Will Blow Through Your Door” by Bill Ricchini

2007 Toyota Prius “Yes” Commercial…..

“Rent A Wreck” by Suburban Kids With Biblical Names

2005 Diet Coke “Loft” Commercial…..

“I Like The Way You Move by” The BodyRockers

2005 Game Network Channel ‘G4’ ad for the Annual ‘E3’ Video Game Expo…..

“Believe It Or Not”

And here are a few more All-Time Favorites “Jingles”

from Way Back When…

1990 Coca-Cola “20 Year Hilltop Reunion” Commercial…..

“Can’t Beat The Real Thing”

1988 Wrigley’s Big Red Gum Commercial…..

“Longer”

1985 McDonald’s Big Mac Promo “It’s Mac Tonight” Commercial…..

“It’s Mac Tonight!” (2 different versions shown here)

1984 Pepsi “New Generation” Commercial…..

“Pepsi Generation” by Michael Jackson

1980 Coca Cola “Trucks” Christmas Commercial…..

“Holidays Are Coming”

1980 Hershey’s “Great American Chocolate Bar” Commercial…..

1978 Lowenbrau Beer Commercial…..

“Here’s To Good Friends” by Arthur Prysock

1971 Coca-Cola “Hilltop” Commercial…..

“I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” by Hilltop Singers or the New Seekers

1970 Budweiser Commercial…..

“When You Say Bud”

1968 Kent Cigarette Commercial…..

“To A Smoker, It’s A Kent”

Songs About Feeling Lazy or Wasting Time

Ever have one of those days that you simply feel unmotivated?  Maybe wanting to escape the everyday rat race of  being on the go all the time? Wanting to sleep in , turn off the constant noise and interruptions of everyday life (such as work, school, TV, radio, the internet, the spouse or significant other, the kids, the parents, the family pet – you get what I mean). Or maybe you’re just a slacker or downright lazy? Go Ahead – Admit it – we all get to feeling that way occasionally… some people actually more than others! 😛 And it’s OK and even healthy as well as therapeutic to be that way once in awhile, as long as it’s not an everyday lifestyle. It can help you relax, relieve stress and even rejuvenate.

Well, if this is the mood you just happen to be in at the moment, you’ve come to the right place to find some tunes to help give credibility to your thought process 😛 Sometimes it can be fun to channel an apathetic or lethargic mood into ‘something productive’, so to speak. You can even create your own personal soundtrack or mp3 playlist to this LAZY theme. The following list gives a whole array of ‘being lazy’, ‘doing nothing’, ‘slacking off‘ and ‘wasting time’ songs to choose from. With some of these songs you may have to put blinders on and totally ignore what the song is actually about – After all, listening does require some motivation 😛 – deciding to include the song based on it’s title alone.

Feel free to add your own favorite lethargic lyrics, tired tunes, melodies of malaise and sleepy song choices in the comments at the bottom of this post.

Turn off the lights, pull down the shades and enjoy……….

Songs About Being Lazy, Feeling Lazy or Wasting Time

  1. Bang The Drum All Day – Todd Rundgren
  2. Busy Doin’ Nothin’ – The Beach Boys
  3. Busy Doing Nothing – Bing Crosby (from the 1949 film ”A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”)
  4. Busy Doing Nothing – Peter & The Test Tube Babies
  5. Down By The Lazy River – The Osmond Brothers
  6. Drunken Lazy Bastard – The Pogues
  7. Fabulously Lazy – Franz Ferdinand
  8. Feeling Lazy – Lightning Seeds
  9. Get Out of Your Lazy Bed – Matt Bianco
  10. I’m A Lazy Sod – Sex Pistols
  11. I’m Only Sleeping – The Beatles
  12. Killin’ Time – Clint Black
  13. Lazy – Marilyn Monroe (from the 1954 movie “There’s No Business Like Show Business”)
  14. Lazy – Deep Purple
  15. Lazy – Suede
  16. Lazy – Tony Joe White
  17. Lazy – Low
  18. Lazy – X-Press 2 featuring David Byrne
  19. Lazy Bird – John Coltrane
  20. Lazy Bones – Ted Lewis, The Mills Brothers, Bing Crosby, Jonathan King, Leon Redbone
  21. Lazy Countryside – Margaret Whiting
  22. Lazy Day – Bing Crosby
  23. Lazy Day – Spanky & Our Gang
  24. Lazy Day – Left Banke
  25. Lazy Day – The Moody Blues
  26. Lazy Day Afternoon – Plain White T’s
  27. Lazy Days – Enya
  28. Lazy Days – Robbie Williams
  29. Lazy Elsie Molly – Chubby Checker
  30. Lazy Guy – Slobberbone
  31. Lazy Louisiana Moon – Guy Lombardo & His Orchestra
  32. Lazy Mary – Lou Monte
  33. Lazy Music – Captain Beefheart
  34. Lazy Old Sun – The Kinks
  35. Lazy River – Bobby Darin
  36. Lazy Summer Night – Four Preps
  37. Lazy Sunday Afternoon – Small Faces
  38. Lazy Girls – Jill Cunniff
  39. Lazy Weather – California Ramblers
  40. Pinch Me – Barenaked Ladies
  41. Sassafras Roots – Green Day
  42. Sittin’ On The Dock of The Bay – Otis Redding
  43. Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks
  44. That Lucky Old Sun – Louis Armstrong
  45. The Importance of Being Idle – Oasis
  46. The Laziest Gal In Town – Nina Simone
  47. The Lazy Song – Bruno Mars
  48. The Lazy Sunbathers – Morrissey
  49. Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer – Nat King Cole
  50. Up The Lazy River – A jazz and pop standard recorded by  many – here are some of the better ones over the years… Hoagy Carmichael, Benny Goodman & His Orchestra, Woody Herman & His Orchestra, Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra, The Mills Brothers, Nat King Cole Trio, Rosemary Clooney, The Ames Brothers, Sammy Davis Jr., Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble
  51. Wasted Time – The Eagles
  52. White & Lazy – The Replacements
  53. Who May Be Lazy – M. Ward

►►► You may also want to check out a previous post I did back in late 2009 titled “Songs About Dreams” that include, among others, daydreaming type songs which could easily translate to laziness, boredom or wasting time – The link is HERE

Songs About Clouds

With so many metaphorical options, the concept of “clouds” are a favorite theme for songwriters. Clouds can represent an array of feelings or interpretations. On one hand, white clouds can represent peacefulness and beauty or even elation as in “being on cloud 9” or “having your head up in the clouds”. Then again, on the other end of the spectrum, darker clouds can represent gloominess, danger, sadness or being in some sort of term-oil. Somewhere in the middle can be like being in a dream state, mental fogginess or a feeling of uncertainty.

I started off originally wanting to list only those songs with the word cloud or cloudy within the title but I realized there were a number of other songs that came to mind with clouds or a form of the word cloud that stands out prominently somewhere within the lyrics. So I present to you a plethora of cloudy tunes to choose from for a common theme for your next event, or maybe for a personal playlist, or maybe just simply that you’re in the mood to hear something when the feeling strikes you…..

Songs About Clouds

  1. A Walk In The Clouds – from the movie soundtrack
  2. Above The Clouds – Paul Weller
  3. Both Sides Now – Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell
  4. Cloud Nine – The Temptations, George Harrison
  5. Cloud Number Nine – Bryan Adams
  6. Cloud On My Tongue – Tori Amos
  7. Cloudbusting – Kate Bush
  8. Clouds – David Gates
  9. Clouds – Kitaro
  10. Clouds – The Jayhawks
  11. Clouds – The Go-Betweens
  12. Clouds Across the Sun – Firefall
  13. Clouds In My Heart – Duke Ellington
  14. Clouds Over California – Devildriver
  15. Clouds Race Across the Sky – Joe Satriani
  16. Cloudy – Average White Band
  17. Cloudy – Simon & Garfunkel
  18. Cloudy Skies – Ugly Kid Joe
  19. Dark Cloud – Holmes Brothers
  20. Far Above The Clouds – Mike Oldfield
  21. From The Clouds – Jack Johnson (brand new release)
  22. Get Off My Cloud – Rolling Stones
  23. Heavy Cloud No Rain – Sting
  24. In The Clouds – The Cult
  25. Kickin’ The Clouds Away – George Gershwin (from the 1925 Broadway Musical “Tell Me More”)
  26. Little Cloud – The Incredible String Band
  27. Little Fluffy Clouds – The Orb
  28. Liza (All The Clouds’ll Roll Away) – George Gershwin – Chick Webb, Al Jolson, Ella Fitzgerald (1929)
  29. Mighty Clouds of Joy – BJ Thomas
  30. No More Cloudy Days – The Eagles
  31. Obscured By Clouds – Pink Floyd
  32. Piano Above The Clouds – Jim Brickman
  33. Till The Clouds Roll By – June Allyson  & Ray McDonald (from the 1946 Broadway Musical)
  34. Uncloudy Day – Staple Singers
  35. Wait ‘Til The Clouds Roll By – Uncle Dave Macon (1939)
  36. White Fluffy Clouds – Camper Van Beethoven
  37. You’re So Vain – Carly Simon

Songs About Religion & Spirituality Featuring God & Jesus

Welcome to an interesting song list this time around – Unlike most of the other song lists I have done in the past, this particular subject contains both positive and negative interpretations of the topic of religion. The songs in this particular post represent the entire spectrum of religion and spirituality or might even do the opposite and bring into question it’s existence. Some even use the word religion, God, Jesus, Lord, Holy Spirit or supreme being in an entirely different context. Even though I consider myself to be a believer in a higher power, a Christian my entire life, I’m not trying to advocate or preach religion to anyone reading this, only offering a wide array of songs with similar words in the title or verse within the song. Some of these songs might even be a great source of inspiration, hope and  an inner peace to those listening carefully. Others may be cynical about the existence of a higher power or the Almighty God.

I’ve intentionally tried to avoid songs that were traditional church hymns and songs of praise that are typically found in various Christian religions unless they had crossed-over to mainstream radio or concert performance by mainstream artists…..  Exceptions being songs like Amazing Grace and The Lord’s Prayer. Now, with that being said, I need to clarify that I have nothing personally  against those type of spiritual songs as many of them are quite beautiful and meaningful but my focus here was on mainstream genres including rock, country, R & B and many others as well….. the stuff you’d hear on your favorite radio stations or in concerts. Also Christmas songs I have stayed away from as many of them focus on the birth of Jesus and core Christian values – once again nothing wrong with them – just not including them in this particular post.

Enjoy and may you find what you’re looking for in compiling a music playlist with a theme for an event or for your personal listening pleasure. Any additions or comments are always welcome and appreciate at the bottom of this post.

Songs About Religion & Spirituality

Featuring God & Jesus

  1. Act of God – Prince
  2. All Around Me – Flyleaf
  3. Amazing Grace – Mahalia Jackson, Judy Collins, Aretha Franklin, Joan Baez, Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (beautiful bagpipe & drum instrumental), Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart, Johnny Cash (one of the most covered songs ever written that crossed over from a Gospel Standard to mainstream)
  4. Amen – Paula Cole
  5. American Pie – Don McLean
  6. Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz
  7. Awesome God – Rich Mullins
  8. Bad Religion – Godsmack
  9. Believe – Disturbed
  10. Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show – Neil Diamond
  11. Counterfeit God – Black Label Society
  12. Day By Day – Godspell (from the Broadway Musical)
  13. Dear God – XTC
  14. Dear God – Avenged Sevenfold
  15. Dust In The Wind – Kansas
  16. Every Grain of Sand – Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris
  17. For The Greater Good of God – Iron Maiden
  18. Gates of Eden – Bob Dylan
  19. Get Right With God – Lucinda Williams
  20. Get Together – The Youngbloods
  21. God – John Lennon
  22. God – Tori Amos
  23. God Bless The Child – Billie Holiday, Shania Twain
  24. God Bless The USA – Lee Greenwood
  25. God Blessed Texas – Little Texas
  26. God Gave Rock N Roll To You – Argent, Kiss
  27. God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You – Alabama, N Sync
  28. God of Thunder – Kiss
  29. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
  30. God Put A Smile Upon Your Face – Coldplay
  31. God Save The Queen – Sex Pistols
  32. God Shuffled His Feet – Crash Test Dummies
  33. God’s Comic – Elvis Costello
  34. Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen, John Cale, Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, Bob Dylan, kd lang, Alexandra Burke, Justin Timberlake, Jason Castro, Lee DeWyze (one of the most covered songs of all time but the ones listed here were either released as hits or major cover versions)
  35. He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands – Laurie London
  36. Help Pour Out The Rain (Lacey’s Song) – Buddy Jewell
  37. I Believe In Father Christmas – Emerson Lake & Palmer
  38. I Don’t Know How To Love Him – Helen Reddy (from the Rock Opera Jesus Christ Superstar)
  39. I Knew Jesus (Before He Was A Superstar) – Glen Campbell
  40. I Saw God Today – George Strait
  41. I Saw The Light – Hank Williams, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  42. If I Give My Heart To Jesus – Billy Joe Shaver
  43. In The Presence of The Lord – Blind Faith
  44. Imagine – John Lennon
  45. It’s A Sin – Pet Shop Boys
  46. Jesus Christ Superstar – Original Cast from the Rock Opera
  47. Jesus He Knows Me – Genesis
  48. Jesus Is Just Alright With Me- The Byrds, Doobie Brothers
  49. Jesus Just Left Chicago – ZZ Top
  50. Jesus Take The Wheel – Carrie Underwood
  51. Jesus Walking On The Water – Violent Femmes
  52. Jesus Walks – Kanye West
  53. Let It Be – The Beatles
  54. Little Green Apples – OC Smith, Roger Miller
  55. Living In Sin – Bon Jovi
  56. Long Dark Train – Josh Turner
  57. Lord Mr. Ford – Jerry Reed
  58. Losing My Religion – REM
  59. Me & God – Josh Turner
  60. Mighty Clouds of Joy – BJ Thomas
  61. Morning Has Broken – Cat Stevens
  62. Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel
  63. My City of Ruins – Bruce Springsteen
  64. My God – Jethro Tull
  65. My Jesus Told Me So – Marshall Tucker Band
  66. My Sweet Lord – George Harrison
  67. Oh Happy Day – Edwin Hawkin Singers
  68. One of Us – Joan Osborne
  69. One Tin Soldier – Coven
  70. One Toke Over The Line – Brewer & Shipley
  71. Only God Knows Why – Kid Rock
  72. Only The Good Die Young – Billy Joel
  73. People Get Ready – Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions
  74. Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode, Johnny Cash, Marilyn Manson
  75. Put Your Hand In The Hand – Ocean
  76. Rebel Jesus – Jackson Browne
  77. Redemption Song – Bob Marley
  78. Reverend Mr. Black – Kingston Trio, Johnny Cash
  79. Rivers of Babylon – The Melodians, Boney M, Sublime
  80. Saint of Me – The Rolling Stones
  81. Signs – Five Man Electrical Band, Tesla
  82. Sinner – Drowning Pool
  83. Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel
  84. Somebody Touched Me – Ferlin Huskey, Bob Dylan, Bruce Cockburn
  85. Something To Believe In – Poison
  86. Spirit In The Sky – Norman Greenbaum
  87. Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin
  88. Stoney End – Barbara Streisand
  89. Thank God For Believers – Ronnie Milsap, Mark Chesnutt
  90. Thank God I’m A Country Boy – John Denver
  91. That’s The Way God Planned It – Billy Preston
  92. The God That Failed – Metallica
  93. The Lord Knows I’m Drinkin’ – Cal Smith
  94. The Lord’s Prayer – Sister Janet Mead
  95. The Man Comes Around – Johnny Cash (one of Johnny’s last songs he wrote & sang before his death and quite powerful – highly recommended)
  96. The Preacher & The Bear – Jerry Reed
  97. There’s A Higher Power – Louvin Brothers, Buddy Miller
  98. This Is God – Phil Vassar
  99. Three Wooden Crosses – Randy Travis
  100. Turn, Turn, Turn – The Byrds
  101. Unanswered Prayers – Garth Brooks
  102. Watching You – Rodney Atkins
  103. Way Down In The Hole – Tom Waits
  104. Whenever God Shines His Light – Van Morrison & Cliff Richard
  105. Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning – Alan Jackson
  106. Why Me Lord – Kris Kristofferson
  107. Will You Be Ready At The Plate (When Jesus Throws The Ball) – Elmo & Patsy
  108. With God On Our Side – Bob Dylan
  109. Would Jesus Wear A Rolex – Ray Stevens

Along with the list above you could probably include a number of additional songs by a select few very successful ‘crossover’ artists. These feature artists who either crossed over from Christian or Gospel music to mainstream or vice-versa include – the most well known include Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, BJ Thomas, Aretha Franklin, The Staple Singers, Al Green, Amy Grant, Randy Travis. Then there are a few others with a more heavy metal or alternative sound that emerged from Christian music roots and crossed over to mainstream hard rock/heavy metal/post grunge but still kept a Christian element in their lyrics such as Stryper, Creed, Lifehouse, Sixpence None The Richer and P.O.D. Jars of Clay, Third Day and Mercy Me have also received a lot of attention in recent years as mainstays of Christian rock that have gained some mainstream crossover appeal.

Songs About Friends & Friendships

Countless songs about friends and special friendship songs have been written over the years covering all genres and styles of music. The theme of friendship is one we all can relate to throughout the various stages of our life and never really get tired of listening to. It can take you back to a special time and place – the good times, the bad times, sometimes happy, sometimes sad, sometimes confusing, scary, nervous, uncertain or emotional. The mutual sharing of thoughts, events and  good times of your life help in getting through the rough  and rocky spots. Certain songs bring back vivid memories  of knowing who you were with and what you were doing when that song was popular or when you heard it for the very first time, it stuck in your mind. Hopefully, with the help of this list below, here you may find some timeless friendship songs to reminisce about all over again.

Friends are among the most valuable commodities we can attain in our lifetime. It has always been said that if you have one best friend in your lifetime, that one true, trusted and unbreakable bond, then you have lived a successful life. Friendship comes in all sorts, but that’s what makes it so interesting and unique. Having a friend, a buddy, a confidant, someone to share memories, secrets, you’re your innermost thoughts with, is a wonderful part of life. It is an opportunity to go outside the family circle, form bonds and build relationships with others along that long and  ever-winding road called life.

For anyone who has ever had a friend lift them up when they were down or turn a bad day completely around, the following songs dealing with friends and friendships are ideal for dedicating to your BFF. So celebrate your own special friendships by putting together playlist for your phone, iPod or CD music mix by using this list as suggestions for some great songs… and here’s hoping that your friendships really do last forever. So… Enjoy the following song compilation and while you’re thinking about it, feel free to suggest a few of your own favorites that mean something special to you that you think should be added to this ever-growing list.

  1. All I Really Want To Do – Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Cher
  2. Always & Forever – Heatwave
  3. Anytime You Need A Friend – Mariah Carey
  4. At Your Side – The Corrs
  5. Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
  6. Ben – Michael Jackson
  7. Best Friend – Brandy
  8. Bridge Over Troubled Waters – Simon & Garfunkel
  9. Come On Over – Shania Twain
  10. Count On Me – Whitney Houston & Cici Winans
  11. Crash & Burn – Savage Garden
  12. Find Out Who Your Friends Are – Tracy Lawrence w/ Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw
  13. For Good – Wicked
  14. Friend Is A Friend – Pete Townshend
  15. Friends – Beach Boys
  16. Friends – Elton John (soundtrack from the movie “Friends”)
  17. Friends – Bette Midler
  18. Friends – Helmut Lotti & Michael Junior
  19. Friends Are Friends Forever – Michael W. Smith
  20. Friends For Life – Mark Wills
  21. Friends For Life (Amigos Para Siempre) – Sarah Brightman & Jose Carreras
  22. Friends In Low Places – Garth Brooks
  23. Friends Will Be Friends – Queen
  24. Gift of A Friend – Demi Lovato
  25. Graduation (Friends Forever) – Vitamin C
  26. Headlines (Friendship Never Ends) – Spice Girls
  27. He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother – The Hollies, Neil Diamond
  28. Hello Old Friend – Eric Clapton
  29. I Miss My Friend – Darryl Worley
  30. I Turn To You – Christina Aguilera
  31. I Will Carry You – Clay Aiken
  32. I Will Come To You – Hanson
  33. I Will Remember You – Sarah McLachlan
  34. I’ll Be There – Jackson Five, Mariah Carey
  35. I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts (Theme from Friends)
  36. I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders, Carrie Underwood
  37. I’m Your Friend – Bobby Brown
  38. In My Life – The Beatles
  39. Kind & Generous – Natalie Merchant
  40. Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down
  41. Lean On Me – Bill Withers, Club Nouveau
  42. Let Me Be There – Olivia Newton John
  43. Me & My Friends – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  44. My Best Friend – Tim McGraw
  45. My Best Friend – Weezer
  46. My Friend – Blessed Union of Souls
  47. Old Friends – Simon & Garfunkel
  48. Old Friends – Everything But The Girl
  49. One Friend – Dan Seals
  50. Pop Rocks & Coke – Green Day
  51. Say You, Say Me – Lionel Richie
  52. Stand By Me – Ben E. King
  53. Thank You – Dido
  54. Thank You For Being A Friend – Andrew Gold (Theme from Golden Girls)
  55. That’s What Friends Are For – Dionne Warwick & Friends
  56. There For You – Flyleaf
  57. True Friend – Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana)
  58. Umbrella – Rihanna
  59. Waiting On A Friend – Rolling Stones
  60. We’re All In This Together – High School Musical Cast
  61. We’re Going To Be Friends – The White Stripes
  62. Whenever I Call You Friend – Kenny Loggins & Stevie Nicks
  63. Where Everybody Knows Your Name – Gary Portnoy (Theme From Cheers)
  64. Why Can’t We Be Friends – War, Smash Mouth
  65. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  66. With A Little Help From My Friends – The Beatles, Joe Cocker
  67. You & Me Together – Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana)
  68. You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins
  69. You’re My Best Friend – Don Williams
  70. You’re My Best Friend – Queen
  71. You’ve Got A Friend – James Taylor, Carole King
  72. You’ve Got A Friend In Me – Randy Newman & Lyle Lovett (Soundtrack from Toy Story)
  73. (You’ve Got To Have) Friends – Bette Midler

So whether you’re looking to cheer friends up, reunite with an old buddy, or simply celebrate your friendship, there’s sure to be something special on this above list to make you and your BFF feel all ‘warm and fuzzy’ inside.